New School of Theatre & Music! 10% Discount on Classes

We are so excited to announce that the Lawrence Arts Center has launched a brand new School of Theatre & Music!


In honor of its inaugural season, we are offering a 10% discount on classes for youth and adults who enroll with a friend in a class within the School of Theatre & Music.


The School of Theatre & Music school-year classes and workshops provide all ages with theatre arts training taught by professional artists.  These classes follow a sequential program beginning with exploration, developing the tools of an actor (voice, body, and imagination), solidifying acting fundamentals, and offering performance-based acting opportunities.


New class offerings include:


Intro to Improv for Kids

Instructor: Jennifer Bennett

K-3rd Grade

5:30-6:30 Tuesdays, Sept 13-Dec. 6, No class Nov. 22, 12WKS, $170 FA-AYT212

Students will learn the very basic rules of improvisation by participating in foundational theatrical exercises and games.  Working together, students will explore the concept of “Yes,…and!” in a playful and fun environment.


Basic Acting

Instructor:  Jeanne Averill

4th-8th Grade

6-7PM, Wednesdays, Sept 14-Dec 7, No class Nov. 23, 12WKS, $170 FA-AYT313

In basic acting, students will engage the voice, body, and imagination by participating in theatre exercises and games. Students will learn the fundamentals of stage acting: how to embody a character and build ensemble skills.


Musical Theatre for Adults

Instructor:  Amanda Clark

7-8PM, Tuesdays, Sept 13-Dec 8, No class Nov. 22, 12WKS, $170  FA-AAT226

Adults 17+

This class is grounded in Broadway vocal and performance techniques.  Learn what you need to become a triple-threat or just sing and perform for fun!  This class is open to students who are experiencing theatre for the first time as well as those who wish to pursue a life-long interest in theatre.


Storytelling & Genealogy

Instructor:  Jennifer Bennett

Adults Ages 50+

11-Noon, Saturdays, Sept 17-Nov 12, 9WKS, $112.50, FA-AAT618

Entertain, engage, and reawaken memories through activities that focus on reflection, family, and personal storytelling.  In this class, students will be guided in tracing their family tree through speaking, listening, music, song, and basic movement.


Introduction to Technical Theatre:  The Nutcracker, A Kansas Ballet

Instructor:  Samaria Fleig

6-10PM, $99 FA-AYT322

6th-12th Grade

Join us for an exciting hands-on experience that will explore the fundamentals of technical theatre focusing on making the Nutcracker happen from behind the scenes.  Students work with professional technician Samaria Fleig to build props, paint, learn sound, lights, stage management and run the performances as crew members and crew chiefs. Weekly Wednesday Classes, 6-10PM:  Nov 2, Nov 9, Nov 16, Nov 30 (4 wks) Tech Week:  Dec 5-9, Performances:  Dec. 9, 10, 11, 16, 17, 18


Introduction to Costuming

Instructor:  Jeannie Harper

FA-TCCOST, 5-6:30PM, Thursdays, Oct 6-Dec. 8, No class Nov. 24, 9WKS, $112.50 FA-AYT423

4th-12th Grade

A class meant to teach the basics of hand and machine sewing for costume construction. A variety of stitches will be taught, as well as some basic patterning.


LAC Children’s Ukulele Orchestra

Instructor:  Jennifer Bennett

5:30-6:30PM, Wednesdays, Sept 14-Dec 7, No class Nov. 23, 12WKS, $170


4th-8th Grade

This class is designed to create theatrical group ukulele performance opportunities through busking, farmer’s markets and festivals in the park…the world’s a stage! Learn to play and sing songs from many music genres – rock, pop and vintage classics.  Beginners are welcome, but you will need to bring your own ukulele and know a few chords to get started.


LAC Ukulele Orchestra

Instructor:  Jennifer Bennett

4:30-5:30PM, Wednesdays, Sept 14-Dec 7, No class Nov. 23, 12WKS, $170


8th-12th Grade

Let’s take ukulele to the next level! Work as a group to create comic, vibrant ukulele performances in an orchestral setting. We’ll sing and play pop, rock and vintage favorites as well as write our own songs. You will need your own ukulele and feel somewhat comfortable with strumming and basic chords.



We offer financial aid to anyone interested.  Please contact Elizabeth Sullivan for any questions, 785-843-2787 or